The most important thing we can do for our nation during this time of crisis is to pray. Thankfully, Christian leaders from across the nation are stepping up to lead a national prayer movement at just the right time as we head toward the critical November elections.
On Saturday, September 26, The Return - A National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance will take place starting at 9 a.m. ET on the National Mall in Washington. "This is about a day of prayer and repentance, starting with the church -- with our repentance -- and then interceding for America. We need this as never before," said Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Rabbi and a key organizer of the event. As he discussed with Tony on Washington Watch, Cahn believes that America has been given a window of time to turn back to God since the 9/11 tragedy, but instead, "we have been racing away from God ... We are praying for revival. That is the answer."
The Return event, which is open to the public, will feature numerous speakers, including FRC President Tony Perkins, Board Chair Michele Bachmann, Executive Vice President Jerry Boykin, and Chaplain Pierre Bynum along with Secretary Ben Carson, Alveda King, Bishop Harry Jackson, Mike Lindell, Carter Conlon, and many others. The event will be livestreamed and can be viewed via simulcast for free.
Starting at noon ET the same day (September 26), Franklin Graham will lead the Prayer March 2020 in Washington. The march will begin at the Lincoln Memorial and will make its way across the National Mall, ending at the U.S. Capitol. The march will have seven different prayer focuses along the route as it passes key monuments and buildings. Graham has made the purpose of the march clear: "America is in trouble. Our communities are hurting, our people are divided, and there's fear and uncertainty all around us. Let's join together and do the most important thing: pray!"
Just 10 days later, on Tuesday, October 6, Times Square Church led by Pastor Carter Conlon will host the Plymouth Prayer Event: Lord Forgive Us, a worldwide prayer meeting at 7 p.m. ET that will be livestreamed from Plymouth, Massachusetts. On Washington Watch, Pastor Conlon revealed the remarkable story of how he was led to Plymouth Rock, the site where the Pilgrims first stepped foot onto America, and how prayer led him to the idea of hosting a prayer meeting at a house built on the foundation of the first house ever built in America by the Pilgrims. Conlon described what he heard from God: "He spoke to me and said, 'I want you and others to come back to this house, where this nation began, where the first Pilgrims prayed, and I want you to ask for forgiveness for what you did with the freedom that I gave you.'"
Conlon further observed what he believes the Lord is asking: "He's asking us to confess what we did with our freedom, to confess our sin, and then [to ask] for a moment of mercy for the facets of our society that are in desperate need of a touch of heaven. [We must ask for] a third spiritual awakening in the nation. In my heart, that's what this prayer meeting is all about."